DC Archive Editions
DC Archive Editions
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For the serious collector, these are hardcover archives for a variety of Pre-Crisis DC titles. Each volume comes with an introduction and contains full color reprints. They run from the Golden Age, through the Silver and Bronze Age.

The DC Comics Classics Library is another hardcover series that may be of interest. Also a good option, the softcover Chronicles collect early adventures differently. Silver Age collectors on a budget will want to look into Showcase Presents.

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+ The Enemy Ace Archives Vol. 1
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Our Army At War 151-155; Showcase 57-58; Star-Spangled War Stories 138-142 February 1965 – January 1969
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Star Spangled War Stories 143-145, 147-150, 152, 158, 181-183, 200 February 1969 – July 1976
+ Superman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 1
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Action Comics 1, 7-20 June 1938 – January 1940
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Superman 1-4 Summer 1939 – Spring 1940
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All-Star Comics 1-2 Summer – Fall 1940
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Batman 1-4; Dectective Comics 33 Spring – Winter 1940
+ The Spirit Archives Vol. 1
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Superman 5-8 Summer 1940 – February 1941
+ The Golden Age Sandman Archives Vol. 1
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Adventure Comics 40-59; World’s Fair Comics 1939, 1940 July 1939 – February 1941
+ The Shazam! Archives Vol. 1
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Whiz Comics Ashcan Edition 1; Whiz Comics 2-15 January 1940 – March 1941
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Detective Comics 27-50 May 1939 – April 1941
+ The Golden Age Flash Archives Vol. 1
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Flash Comics 1-17 January 1940 – May 1941
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Action Comics 21-36 February 1940 – May 1941
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+ The Golden Age Spectre Archives Vol. 1
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More Fun Comics 52-70 February 1940 – August 1941
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Captain Marvel Adventures 1; Special Edition Comics 1; Whiz Comics 15-20 August 1940 – August 1941
+ The Golden Age Green Lantern Archives Vol. 1
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All-American Comics 16-30; Green Lantern 1 July 1940 – September 1941
+ All Star Comics Archives Vol. 1
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All-Star Comics 3-6 Winter 1940 – September 1941
+ The Golden Age Hawkman Archives Vol. 1
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Ebay (Search) Flash Comics 1-22 January 1940 – October 1941
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Superman 9-12 March – October 1941
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America’s Greatest Comics 1; Captain Marvel Adventures 2-3; WHIZ Comics 21-24 Summer – November 1941
+ The Golden Age Flash Archives Vol. 2
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Flash Comics 18-24; All-Flash 1-2 June – December 1941
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America’s Greatest Comics 2; Captain Marvel Adventures 4-5; Master Comics 21-22; Whiz Comics 25 October – December 1941
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Batman 5-8 Spring 1941 – January 1942
+ The JSA All Stars Archives Vol. 1
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Adventure Comics 48-52; All-American Comics 19-29; Flash Comics 1-4; Sensation Comics 1-5 January 1940 – May 1942
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All-American Comics 31-38; Green Lantern 2-3 October 1941 – May 1942
+ All Star Comics Archives Vol. 2
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All-Star Comics 7-10 October 1941 – May 1942
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Ebay (Search) Superman 13-16 November 1941 – June 1942
+ The Spirit Archives Vol. 4
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+ The Golden Age Starman Archives Vol. 1
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Ebay (Search) Adventure Comics 61-76 April 1941 – July 1942
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Ebay (Search) Action Comics 37-52 June 1941 – September 1942
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Ebay (Search) All-Star Comics 8; Sensation Comics 1-12; Wonder Woman 1 December 1940 – December 1942
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Ebay (Search) Detective Comics 51-70 May 1941 – December 1942
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Ebay (Search) All-Star Comics 11-14 June 1942 – January 1943
+ Superman Archives Vol. 5
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Ebay (Search) Superman 17-20 July 1942 – February 1943
+ The Blackhawk Archives Vol. 1
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Ebay (Search) Military Comics 1-17 August 1941 – March 1943
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Ebay (Search) G.I. Combat 28; Our Army At War 81-96 January 1959 – July 1960
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Ebay (Search) Sensation Comics 13-17; Wonder Woman 2-4 Fall 1942 – May 1943
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Batman 13-16 October 1942 – May 1943
The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 1 + The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 1
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Police Comics 1-20 August 1941 – July 1943
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The Comic Cavalcade Archives Vol. 1 + The Comic Cavalcade Archives Vol. 1
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Comics Cavalcade 1-3 Winter 1942 – Summer 1943
The Seven Soldiers of Victory Archives Vol. 2 + The Seven Soldiers of Victory Archives Vol. 2
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Leading Comics 5-8 Winter 1942 – Fall 1943
+ All Star Comics Archives Vol. 4
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+ Superman Archives Vol. 6
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Superman 21-24 March – October 1943
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Ebay (Search) Sensation Comics 18-24; Wonder Woman 5-7 June 1943 – December 1943
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Batman 17-20 June 1943 – January 1944
Superman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 4 + Superman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 4
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Action Comics 53-68 October 1943 – January 1944
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Detective Comics 71-86 January 1943 – April 1944
The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 2 + The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 2
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Police Comics 21-30; Plastic Man 1 August 1943 – May 1944
The Golden Age Doctor Fate Archives Vol. 1 + The Golden Age Doctor Fate Archives Vol. 1
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More Fun Comics 55-98 May 1940 – August 1944
+ Superman Archives Vol. 7
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Ebay (Search) Superman 25-29 November 1943 – August 1944
+ The Spirit Archives Vol. 8
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Ebay (Search) Weekly Strips from January 2 – June 25, 1944 January – July 1944
+ Wonder Woman Archives Vol. 4
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Ebay (Search) Sensation Comics 25-32; Wonder Woman 8-9 January – August 1944
+ Batman: The Dark Knight Archives Vol. 6
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Batman 21-25 February – November 1944
Superman: The World's Finest Comics Archives Vol. 1 + Superman: The World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 1
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New York World’s Fair 1939, 1940; World’s Best Comics 1; World’s Finest 2-16 Annual 1939 – Winter 1944
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All Star Comics Archives Vol. 5 + All Star Comics Archives Vol. 5
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All-Star Comics 19-23 Winter 1943 – Winter 1944
The DC Comics Rarities Archives Vol. 1 + The DC Comics Rarities Archives Vol. 1
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New York World’s Fair 1939, 1940; The Big All-American Comic Book Annuals 1939, 1940, 1944
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Ebay (Search) Weekly Strips from July 1 – December 31, 1944 July – December 1944
The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 3 + The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 3
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Police Comics 31-39; Plastic Man 2 June 1944 – February 1945
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Ebay (Search) Sensation Comics 33-40; Wonder Woman 10-12 Fall 1944 – April 1945
The Seven Soldiers of Victory Archives Vol. 3 + The Seven Soldiers of Victory Archives Vol. 3
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Leading Comics 9-14 Winter 1943 – Spring 1945
Superman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 5 + Superman: The Action Comics Archives Vol. 5
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Action Comics 68-85 February 1944 – June 1945
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Detective Comics 87-102 May 1944 – August 1945
Superman Archives Vol. 8 + Superman Archives Vol. 8
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Superman 30-35 September 1944 – August 1945
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Batman 26-31 December 1944 – November 1945
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No Cover + The Golden Age Starman Archives Vol. 2
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Adventure Comics 77-102 August 1942 – March 1946
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Police Comics 40-49; Plastic Man 3 March 1945 – Spring 1946
All Star Comics Archives Vol. 6 + All Star Comics Archives Vol. 6
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All-Star Comics 24-28 Spring 1945 – May 1946
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The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 5 + The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 5
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Police Comics 50-58; Plastic Man 4 January – September 1946
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Detective Comics 103-119 September 1945 – January 1947
All Star Comics Archives Vol. 7 + All Star Comics Archives Vol. 7
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All-Star Comics 29-33 June 1946 – March 1947
The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 6 + The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 6
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Police Comics 59-65; Plastic Man 5-6 October 1946 – April 1947
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The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 7 + The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 7
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Police Comics 66-71; Plastic Man 7-8 Spring 1947 – October 1947
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Superman: The World's Finest Comics Archives Vol. 2 + Superman: The World’s Finest Comics Archives Vol. 2
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World’s Finest Comics 17-32 Spring 1945 – February 1948
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The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 8 + The Plastic Man Archives Vol. 8
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Police Comics 72-77; Plastic Man 9-10 Fall 1947 – April 1948
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Detective Comics 120-135 February 1947 – May 1948
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Star-Spangled Comics 65-85 February 1947 – October 1948
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Ebay (Search) Weekly Strips from July 4 – December 26, 1948 July – December 1948
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